Announcing two user and carer-led mental health initiatives for 2014

In 2014 service users and carers in Wales will focus theircampaigning and research on two of the eight life areas covered by the standard’Care and Treatment Plan’:-

·         Our “Let’sGet Physical!” campaign will empower people with a mentalillness and their carers to set their own physical health goals taking intoaccount diet, physical exercise and getting the right medical support.Throughout Summer 2014, 22 county events will give service users and carersacross Wales the opportunity to get a physical health check from a qualifiedhealthcare professional, take part in physical activities and have a go atpreparing healthy meals. We are also campaigning to make sure that people haveenhanced access to general healthcare services and achieve better healthoutcomes, and that inequalities in health and social care for people with aserious mental illness and their carers are reduced.

·         Our treatments initiative will promote improved choice and sustained excellence in the delivery of bothmedications and talking treatments for serious mental illness. The initiativewill see the development of a range of information on getting the besttreatments and making sure that both talking therapies and medications are coveredin the Care and Treatment Plan.

Health and Social Services Minister Mark Drakeford AM willlaunch “Let’s Get Physical!” in Cardiff Bay on 8 May and the campaignwill culminate at a national event on World Mental Health Day on 10 October;the treatments initiative will see the launch of new advice and guidance in theAutumn. Both projects are supported by mental health charities Hafal, BipolarUK and the Mental Health Foundation; Diverse Cymru will help us to ensure thatwe reach out to minority and disadvantaged communities. 

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